Alyth lorry stars in Whisky Galore
Truck will be at Blair screening of film on Sunday Clare Damodaran
An Alyth’s man much-loved lorry has a starring role in Whisky Galore, the remake of the 1949 classic film starring Gregor Fisher and Eddie Izzard. And Jack Muir’s 1951 O type Bedford truck will be outside Blairgowrie Town Hall this Sunday evening for community cinema group Strathmore Screen’s showing of the film.
Jack has owned the lorry, which belonged to Aberdeen Co-op and was in service delivering coal until 1995, since 1999.
Since he has owned it, it has appeared in a number of films and television series, including global hit Outlander and Young Adam starring Ewan McGregor.
Jack also particpates in lorry shows all over the country with the Bedford.
But the pristine condition he keeps the truck in was deemed by the producers of Whisky Galore to be “too good” for the film.
Jack said: “They said it looked too good for the film.
“I told them my father went out in the lorries and every Monday they went out looking spotless, but they told me ‘not on the west coast they didn’t’.
“So they paid Crole’s in Blairgowrie to make it look old, and then restore it to its former glory after filming. They did a great job.”
The film was shot in 2015 in various locations including Portsoy, Roseheartie at the caves, Harthill, Greenock and Irvine, and Jack drove it to all the locations.
He also has another lorry and two cars, including a 1937 Vauxhall which has also been in Outlander.
Jack said: “This lad saw my lorry and it’s his job to find cars and for films. It just came from there really.
“People recognise the lorry now, I’ve had it a long time.
“The lorry is more famous than I am now!”
Strathmore Screen are showing Whisky Galore (PG) on Sunday at 7pm.
The classic tale - which was also recently brought to life by Alyth Musical Society for their spring show - follows the story of a group of islanders in World War Two when the SS Politician - an 8000-tonne ship sailing for Kingston in Jamaica and New Orleans with a cargo including 28,000 cases of malt whisky - ran aground off the Island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides.
This new film version stars Eddie Izzard as Captain Wagget, James Cosmo as Macalister the minister and Gregor Fisher as Macroon.
Strathmore Screen’s children’s film this month is The Boss Baby, the latest computer-animated comedy film from Dreamworks, which will be shown at 4pm.
It features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Miles Christopher Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Tobey Maguire and follows the story of a baby who is a secret agent in the secret war between babies and puppies.
Tickets for both films are on sale at Mitchell’s Newsagents on Blairgowrie High Street and the Calutek store in Rattray, priced £6.50 for adults, £5.50 concessions and £5 for children.
Family tickets – for one adult and up to three children or two adults and two children – are also available for £21.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to each film starting. Refreshments and home baking are available at each screening for a donation.
Star billing Jack is pictured in his lorry on set with actor Gregor Fisher. Left, the lorry in the film
Screen star Jack Muir’s Bedford truck